In tune with the world’s scholars’ concern of overgrowing pressure of social media, Instagram seems to be up to something. Everyone’s favorite photo sharing giant is currently doing a test run to hide the number of likes that we see against every post.
Yes, you read that right. If everything goes as per the plan, Instagram just may soon hide the number of likes that we see against every pic and video that we upload. (What’s the point of uploading now? Right?)
As the app, Instagram is currently running a test that hides the total number of likes and video views for some people in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand. The social media platform aims to “remove the pressure” of obtaining more and more likes a post can receive.
We’re currently running a test that hides the total number of likes and video views for some people in the following countries:
✅ New Zealand pic.twitter.com/2OdzpIUBka
— Instagram (@instagram) July 17, 2019
We want your friends to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get. You can still see your own likes by tapping on the list of people who’ve liked it, but your friends will not be able to see how many likes your post has received.
— Instagram (@instagram) July 17, 2019
A similar test was run in Canada in May and the new test is rolling out in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Italy, Japan and Brazil, the company told the BBC.
The apparent goal of the app’s new initiative is to make users feel less judged and conscious about how their shares and uploads are received out there in the world of social media. The app reportedly wants to “help people focus less on likes and more on telling their story.”
The trial test will not affect the businesses much since social media users can still see the list of people who liked other people’s content by clicking into it.
Well, Instagram’s trial is getting mixed response on social media as of now. While some are welcoming the move, some are not very happy about it and the rests few just don’t care.
Idk why everyone’s complaining about this. I love the idea! It’s healthy esp. for the younger generation who mostly thinks that their worth depends on the amount of likes they get. And sometimes do stupid things just to get stupid likes. #instagramlikes pic.twitter.com/uViu9zINwt
— Angelica (@KhunTae1621) July 18, 2019
— Caitlin ◟̽◞̽#TwoOfUs (@caitlin1D03) July 18, 2019
i think i may be the only one who thinks this whole #instagramlikes situation is great. i am definitely guilty of sometimes letting my instagram likes be an indication of my worth, so this feels like a weight off my shoulders.
— ya girl mojo (@dumbidiothumans) July 18, 2019
— 🛒 (@sadwhxre1) July 18, 2019
— mitch (@mwilson_44) July 18, 2019
— Joshua Bonwick (@JoshuaBonwick) July 18, 2019
If you’re upset about no one will see likes on your post,
you can screenshot your private likes from your post and make a new post of it so people can still see how many likes you got and how popular you are just for your peace of mind 😉#instagramlikes
— low res cat. (@yohkeke) July 18, 2019
you mean now i have to measure my self worth from WITHIN MYSELF rather than by getting validation from OTHERS??? #instagramlikes
— alyssa (@sirennarry) July 18, 2019
I think the #instagramlikes thing is a huge mistake. If you can’t see likes you are far less likely to ‘like’ an image. That reduces interaction, which is death for an interactive platform.
— Adam Liaw (@adamliaw) July 18, 2019
— eddie (@EddieThis) July 18, 2019
If the worst thing to happen to people today is not be able to see their #instagramlikes they seriously need to look hard at their lives …
— Dominic Tourneur (@domjock) July 18, 2019
Yeah this update fucking sucks change it back #instagramlikes
— Georgia (@georgiatacey) July 18, 2019
— Kee (@KeeniMaree) July 18, 2019
— SLatham (@S_M_LATHAM) July 18, 2019